Dijon Abbott, 17, faces charges of murder, aggravated assault, unlawful street gang activity, reckless conduct and weapon violations. He has been in jail since his July 20 arrest.
In Richmond County Superior Court on Friday, Assistant District Attorney Adam Land said investigators believe Abbott and others members of the 23rd gang were seeking revenge when they went to a birthday party June 29. Abbott has been identified as one of three armed men who fired randomly into a crowd of 50 to 60 people, some of whom were members of the 600 gang, Land said.
No one was injured in that shooting, but on July 18, 19-year-old Marquez Eubanks was killed and 21-year-old Jeremy Whitehead was seriously wounded during a party at an East Kensington Drive home.
Defense attorney Richard Bravo said Abbott denies any gang affiliation and that he is a high school student with a stable home and family support with no prior arrests.
Abbott denies any involvement in the first shooting, Bravo said, and will claim self-defense in the July 18 shooting. Bravo said Abbott returned fire after being shot.